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2025 Call for abstracts

Fit for 2050 - Achieving Net-Zero through intelligent, resilient, and sustainable design in the built environment

Submit your 250 word abstract

We invite short abstracts for research or opinion papers, technical reviews, case studies and poster presentations, that are based on recent or current project work, research, or application, as well as those that examine actual or potential impacts of our work on the built environment.

This year's review panel will invite papers on:

  • Addressing the transition to net-zero carbon through improved circular thinking, retrofitting, and decarbonising buildings while considering the effects on occupants’ health and well-being.
  • Design strategies for achieving climate resilience in the built environment. Including flood resilience, façade design, sustainable cooling approaches, overheating mitigation methods and nature-based solutions.
  • Applications of AI, machine learning, and parametric design to enhance energy efficiency and system flexibility, occupant comfort, and the longevity and security of building systems.
  • Learnings from operations, building performance assessments, case studies and post occupancy evaluations to optimise future design approaches.
  • Building and urban performance simulation studies, and applications, to mitigate the climate change challenges on occupants’ health and wellbeing
  • Building and urban optimisation testing frameworks.
  • Educational frameworks that integrate building and urban performance in Curricula.
  • Design and retrofit optimisation

Submissions for abstracts will be accepted until 17:00 BST on Thursday 15 August.

Please use the online form to submit your 250 word abstract for your proposed research or opinion paper, technical review, case study or poster presentation. All applicants will be contacted by the 6 September 2024 and invited to submit their full submission by the 1 November 2024 if successful.

Submit your abstract


The Symposium committee is keen to encourage the presentation of case studies supported by a short briefing document to support the peer review process. This could be suitable for practicing:

  • Designers
  • Commissioning engineers
  • Information Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Controls engineers
  • Building Operators
  • Consultants
  • Facilities Managers
  • Building maintainerS


Papers represent original research, application (including full case studies) or development and should be between 3000 and 5000 words.


A paper that summarises the current state of understanding on a topic in between 2000 and 5000 words. This is likely to include information that has been drawn from previously published studies.


A slide-based report of a specific application (typically relating to the performance of a specific engineering, or environmental, system) that is likely to include both qualitative and quantitative investigation. If accepted the final case study should include brief keynotes for the audience.


This provides an opportunity to present a brief, justified opinion that should recognise contrary opinions or arguments and be supported with appropriate evidence and would be typically be between 1000 and 3000 words


Posters provide the opportunity to summarise information of research, application or case-study concisely and share your work and generate discussion. This will be presented in a dedicated session together with other posters for delegates to visit. A poster can be accompanied by a written paper and there are optional opportunities to provide a four-minute compendiary ‘poster pitch’ presentation (see below) to all delegates in a plenary session

Accepted papers, reviews, case studies and opinions will normally be delivered as part of a symposium session with a presentation of approximately 18 minutes (plus questions and answers)

The Compendiary ‘Poster Pitch’ is a limited availability option to present a four-minute fast-track highlights presentation with limited slides to a plenary session of all delegates. This is available to those who have been commissioned to produce a poster.

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